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The SHOT Show is owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation®, trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. The show is produced and managed by ConvExx.


  • SHOT stands for Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade. SHOT Show® is a registered trademark.
    The SHOT Show is held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • The SHOT Show is the once-a-year gathering place for the shooting, hunting and outdoors industry—manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, publishers and various non-profit organizations. It’s where a passion for firearms, ammunition and outdoors equipment, plus the industry’s unified support for the Second Amendment, are on display.
  • “SHOT Week” includes events such as the NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic, Industry Day at the Range and the Suppliers Showcase.
  • The SHOT Show’s website is SHOTShow.org and the SHOT Show Blog can be found at http://www.shotshow.org/blog. Follow SHOT Show on Twitter @NSSFSHOTShow, on Facebook and @shotshow on Instagram.
  • The official hashtag is #SHOTShow.
  • The Supplier Showcase was launched at the 2017 SHOT Show to allow material and service suppliers to meet directly with the manufacturing community. More than 450 material suppliers participated at the two-day event in 2018.
  • At the 2017 show, exhibitors, buyers, media and other industry professionals hailed from all 50 states and 111 countries.
  • The 2018 SHOT Show had more than 1,600 exhibitors on the exhibit floor and more than 2,000 total when incuding the Suppliers Showcase.
  • The SHOT Show boasts 12.5 miles of aisles—just a little less than the distance of a half marathon.
  • This is the 40th annual SHOT Show. The first SHOT Show was in 1979 in St. Louis, Missouri.More than 64,000 professionals in the shooting, hunting, outdoors and law enforcement industry attended SHOT Show in 2017. The show is for trade only and not open to the public. See the 2017 post-show press release.
  • More than 2,400 members of the outdoor media, including international media, cover the show and promote the products they see at SHOT in their stories.
  • The 2017 SHOT Show brought over $88 million in non-gaming revenue to the Las Vegas economy.
  • The Law Enforcement section remains the fastest growing segment of the SHOT Show. To illustrate this growth, law enforcement was started 15 years ago, covering 7,000 square feet; today it covers more than 170,000 square feet of the show.
  • Firearms and ammunition are a $8 billion industry (2016). The total economic impact of the industry is more than $51 billion, which supports more than 301,000 jobs.
  • The SHOT Show generates millions of the dollars in revenue that funds NSSF programs and services that help “promote, protect and preserve” hunting and the shooting sports. Among those programs are Project ChildSafe, the industry’s firearm safety education program; Don’t Lie for the
  • Other Guy, which works to help prevent illegal straw purchases, and National Shooting Sports Month in August. See www.nssf.org for more information on NSSF programs and member services.
  • The total weight of the exhibits for the 2017 SHOT Show brought in by Freeman, the SHOT Show’s general service contractor, exceeded 7,000,000 pounds, the heaviest show ever held at the Sands Expo Center.
  • More than 15,000 firearms were inspected and tagged by the SHOT Show Safety Advisor team on the 2017 SHOT Show exhibit floor.
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce recruited more than 1,000 qualified buyers from 37 countries to attend the 2017 SHOT Show through the show’s participation in the International Buyers Program.


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